Lion Lunges at Toddler in Insane Zoo Video

Zoo says he was just playing
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2016 2:48 PM CDT

In a crazy video taken over the weekend at a Japanese zoo, a lion can be seen attempting to pounce on a toddler, only to slam into his glass enclosure headfirst. Per the Independent, Tokyo's Chiba Zoological Park, which introduced the glass enclosures in April, says that the lion does this often when he sees children and, though it looks terrifying, it's actually a playful move. But an animal rights activist tells the Dodo it appears the lion viewed the child as prey. "If the barrier had not held the consequences could have been catastrophic," he says. (More viral video stories.)

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